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Shay Attias, founding head of the Public Diplomacy Department in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, comments on the soft power implications of the current pandemic. 

In the latest Soft Power 30, CPD Faculty Fellow James Pamment writes tit-for-tat does not work with subversive and malicious information. 

“Propaganda is not a moment in the history of communication, rather it is an element in the structure of communication," notes public diplomacy's lead historian.

CPD Research Associate Sohaela Amiri on opportunities for a reimagined statecraft in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foreign ministries have been actively involved in national efforts to stem the coronavirus outbreak. 

Sudarshan Ramabadran of the India Foundation's Center for Soft Power discusses how India is working with Cambodia on the preservation of historic temples.

"The global COVID-19 pandemic will be seen in retrospect as the 'great accelerator' that moved us from the continuity of the past to a new era," writes CPD Advisory Board Member Nathan Gardels.

India's Namaste greeting follows social distancing guidelines and has been adopted by world leaders, writes Aparna M Sridhar of the Center for Soft Power.

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